Thursday, March 10, 2016

Washington State Punches Rape Culture in the Face

In some great local news, my state will become the first to pass a bill that allows both law enforcement and victims to track the location and status of rape kits. This is one of the things that Amanda Nguyen is going for after she had to track down her rape kit once every six months to make sure it wasn't dumped in the trash.

"With the passage of this bill, Washington will be a national leader in ensuring survivors of sexual assault and rape get their best chance at justice," said co-sponsor of the Senate bill Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle. "Having served on the task force last interim that helped develop this policy, we heard first-hand the traumatic experiences of these survivors. Not only do they have to go through the initial trauma, they then have to go through an invasive procedure to gather evidence for a rape kit – only to find out later nothing has come of it. This is unacceptable. I want to thank Rep. Orwall for her leadership on this issue and look forward to continuing to work together to support survivors in Washington."

This is exactly what needs to happen nationwide. Listening to survivors, fighting for what will actually help them get justice, both political parties coming together to make it happen because oh my god how could you be against something like this.

Thank you, Pramila Jayapal, Tina Orwall, Ann Rivers, and all the other women who helped this become a reality.

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